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Today's News

  • Emergency drill planned for DP Road

    The hazardous waste cleanup site along DP Road will be the focus of a coordinated emergency exercise next week.

    The operation will involve several vehicles from the county and Los Alamos National Laboratory. Los Alamos Fire Department, county emergency officials, LANL management and protective services will also participate in what will become a series of exercises as the project progresses.

  • Police credit residents for helping catch thieves

    A man walking along a Denver Steel street lifting car door handles caught the attention of a resident who alerted police. That tip led police officers to James (Jimmy) Carpenter who confessed to the bulk of recent vehicle break-ins.

    Carpenter admitted to opening the car doors of a number of vehicles and taking the things inside during a spree that spread throughout Los Alamos and into White Rock since at least Feb. 24, according to police reports.

  • LA topped by Santa Fe, 11-4

    It didn’t take long for the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team to jump out to a lead Wednesday.

    And it didn’t take much longer for the Santa Fe Demons to break the game open.

    Los Alamos put up two runs in its first at-bat in Wednesday’s nondistrict contest off solid Santa Fe pitcher Mel Chavez. But Santa Fe bounced right back in its next at-bat to put up four runs and take the lead for good.

    The Demons never let go of the momentum, winning 11-4 at Overlook Park.

  • Reasons behind high school drop outs

    Exploring the motivations and concerns of students who decide to drop out of high school is the subject of the latest study conducted by three area teens.

    Los Alamos Youth Mobilizers Annie Chroninger, 17, Josh Dolin, 16,  and Emi Weeks, 16, presented their findings to the board of education and administrators Tuesday evening in the Speech Theater.

    “The reason why we really wanted to do this project is there was a lack of data on how much the issue was affecting youth in the community,” Weeks said.

  • Eco Station to take e-waste more frequently

    Getting rid of old electronics in a safe, responsible manner just got easier. The first monthly Electronic Waste and TV Recycling Event will be held at the Los Alamos County Eco Station Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

    Staff from Albuquerque Recycling Inc. will be on hand, along with staff from the environmental services department and local Boy Scout volunteers, who will all work to collect and pack trucks with recycled materials.

  • School board takes on new look

    The Los Alamos Board of Education starts its new year with two new members and three new officers.

    Magistrate Judge Pat Casados delivered the oath of office to Melanie McKinley and Thelma Hahn at the top of Tuesday evening’s school board meeting in the high school speech theater.

    Once the members were sworn in, the board elected new officers. By unanimous vote, Joan Ahlers became president, Ken Johnson vice president and Jody Benson secretary.

  • Softball: LA holds off late surge to top Pojoaque 5-3

    After one inning, it looked like the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team would run away with a victory in its home opener Tuesday.

    After seven innings, Los Alamos was breathing a little sigh of relief to have come away with a win.

    Los Alamos jumped out to a 3-run lead at Overlook Park and came within a hit or two of breaking the game open in the third and fourth innings.

  • Richardson taps Anaya for stimulus office

    SANTA FE – Gov. Bill Richardson asked former Gov. Toney Anaya to lead a newly created Office of Recovery and Reinvestment. The new office will be charged with allocating at least $1.8 billion of federal stimulus money slated for New Mexico over the next 18 months.

    Richardson introduced Anaya and a handpicked team of veteran state-government workers at a Capitol press conference Wednesday.

  • Pianist dazzles the world, Los Alamos

    The next performer to grace the stage at Duane Smith Auditorium in the Los Alamos Concert Association’s “Jewel of a Season” will be pianist Jie Chen. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. March 21. Chen will also present a master class on March 22.

  • ‘The Sound of Music’ hits all the right notes

    When my sister and I were kids, we watched the movie, “The Sound of Music,” constantly. We loved it when Maria (Julie Andrews) sang about having confidence in herself and when the oldest Von Trapp daughter shares a dance and a kiss with her beau.

    Apparently, we were not the only fans of this musical.

    When the Monitor editorial staff found out that the Los Alamos Light Opera would perform the musical on the stage, a group of them, all men no less, broke out in an impressive rendition of “Do-Re-Mi.”